Tomorrow, Saturday, August 1, 2009 my sweet Papaw turns 85 years young!
Papaw, (or Gerald, as he's known to his friends), is my dad's dad and one of the best men to ever walk the face of this beautiful world. Papaw has the energy, wit and sharpness that rivals most 25 year olds I know. He is an expert mechanic with over 65 years of experience and people from all over the state of AR (and beyond) still call him to this VERY day when their cars break or they have an electrical question.
Papaw reads constantly, watches television, enjoys his computer and, for the past year, has been exploring the Internet. He recently even joined Facebook to keep up with his family and numerous friends from church. He truly is one of those people that believes you have to change with the times. I know this is what has kept him so sharp all these years.
Most importantly, Papaw has been an amazing role model for all of us grandchildren. He is a very strong Christian man and has been my Memaw's husband for well over 50 years (a task she'll even tell you, can be a challenge sometimes! Haha!).
So this one is for you Papaw...may your special day tomorrow be filled with happiness, laughter and lots of buttercream frosting. Love, Leslie.
Inspired by the original Fish and Archer Bracelets (seen below), these nifty accessories are part Penny Lane/ part Tinkerbell.
So in honor of all you fabulous ladies out there, I’m going to open a new gadget on the blog called “You Say It’s Your Birthday”. At the beginning of each month, I’ll list the readers celebrating their b-days. So this way, we’ll all be able to send a birthday shout out to our dear blog-reading friends, no matter where they are.
If you would like to send me your name and birthday, just leave it in the comment here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org You don’t have to tell me your age (unless you want to) but I’d love to be able to remember your special day.
It’s all the fun of an actual birthday party, but way less embarrassing than waiters singing the birthday song in funny hats at your dinner table : )
I've already picked out my Christmas Cards this year (you can never really be too early, can you?)
Here are a few of my favorites:
So I just HAD to go up to the Promenade to see if stores were actually carrying these ginormously shouldered dresses. To my horror, 5 of the 6 stores I stopped in were carrying frocks that reminded me of the days of Tiffany and Sixteen Candles. The more store windows I passed, it was like giant shoulder padded dresses and tops were jumping out, calling my name. Like an episode Twilight Zone: The Project Runway edition.
I'm a self-admitted fashion maven. I love clothes, accessories, make-up, playing with my hair....you name it. So I'm always trying to stay on top of trends. Ladies, this is one style boat I'm not jumping on though. The thoughts of what this could do to my body shape send cold chills down my spine.
So what do you think of the voluminous shoulders trend? Love it or loathe it? Let me know if you guys would be willing to give shoulder pads a try once more.
Some things worth noting this week:
Wednesday, July 22 – Tuesday, July 28:
Naturals vs. Arkansas Travelers
7:00 p.m. @ Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, AR
Now – Wednesday, July 29:
Crystal Bridges at Your Local Library
10:00 a.m. – Various Locations in NWA
Gentry Public Library, (479) 736-2054
July 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
July 30, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Fayetteville Public Library, (479) 571-2222
July 29, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Compton Gardens/Crystal Bridges Trail
312 North Main Street, Bentonville, AR
Thanks for bearing with me this afternoon while I played around with different looks and I apologize if there were any errors while trying to access the blog.
Have a great Tuesday night! (Just think, we're that much closer to Friday : )
Mrs. Susan Holifield makes these addictive little sweets called Praline Pecan Bars and they are amazing! I've gotten so many requests for this recipe lately that I thought I would post it here.
Aaron (Matthew's friend and fellow band member) and Matthew in Switzerland.
Up high in the Swiss mountains.
My mom picked up some really cool and unique souveniers from Paris' art district, which you can see above. My favorites were the multi-colored scarf and the paintings.
Sarah represented Miss Quachita River in this year's competition. She is 23 years old and attends the University of Arkansas School of Law. Her platform is "Paving the Way: Encouraging Higher Education" and she sang "The Prayer" as her vocal talent. Sarah will go on to represent the great state of Arkansas at the 2010 Miss America pageant in January.
SO worth mentioning though....Anna won Miss Congeniality : ) Honors of Miss Congeniality are given to the girl who the other contestants believe is the most friendly and helpful throughout the week's competition.
The Top Ten contestants were Amy Crain, Hannah Caldwell, Sarah Slocum, Jessica Herring, Hollyann Leigh Crum, Lindsey Allison Lee, Megan McClellan, Joi Chen, Allison Waldrip and Bethany Whitfield.
- Sarah Slocum- Miss Arkansas 2009
- Amy Crain- 1st Runner Up
- Allison Waldrip- 2nd Runner Up
- Hollyann Leigh Crum- 3rd Runner Up
- Hannah Caldwell- 4th Runner Up
Congratulations to ALL of this year's Miss Arkansas Winners!
Smart (Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit), Whitfield and Herring (Presence and Poise in Evening Gown) and Crain (Artistic Expression in Talent).
Anna performs her opening number for the judges on Prelim Night 2 at the Miss Arkansas pageant in Hot Springs, AR.
More updates to come this afternoon after I talk to my sources at the pageant ; )
I was doing great working out on an every-other-day-basis a couple of months ago, but since I travel most every weekend and LOVE to indulge in all the Southern treats of summer...sadly fitness has taken a back seat lately. I'm not exactly out of shape, just not as fine-tuned as I'd like to be. And though I have avoided putting on any weight, (Lord only knows how I avoided that one), it's only a matter of time 'til all of that wonderful homemade ice cream and peach cobbler catches up with me! Haha!
And I can tell my jeans are a bit more snug around the waist.
I'm not one of those girls who just LOVES working out....nope, not this girl! So I won't pretend I can't-hardly-wait to get started again : ) But there is a small chance I will have to be seen in an actual swimsuit next month (the horror of horrors), so I best get going.
Therefore, I'm putting my feet to pavement, (or in my case, the treadmill), and starting my fitness regime again. Have I mentioned I hate working out? ; )
Luckily, I'm a devout Shape Magazine reader and they always have solutions at the ready for real women, like the one I found. It's called the 30 Day Shape Up Plan and it's supposed to be great! I subscribed tonight and received my first week's eating and workout plan promptly after I joined. And, (gasp!), it wasn't completely terrible!
Only 3 days of actual exercise per week and easy meals like low-fat PB & J and chicken-veggie stir fry. All meals are able to be prepped in only 20 minutes or less, a factor that's CRUCIAL to working gals like myself! And guess what?? The plan includes carbs! My favorite edible thing in the whole wide world : ) I was thrilled to find out that I won't have to eat seaweed puree or soy burgers and I would get to eat more than 400 calories a day! Victory!
How many of us have had that moment where you've been on a super strict diet for about a week and suddenly get "that" craving? You know, that craving where you want to eat a pound of cake batter and you WANT IT NOW! Then you raid the fridge looking for anything with starch or sugar, only to find that all you have is a jar of apricot jelly, but you eat that anyway because you're STARVING!? Ummm, yes, I've experienced that moment.
That is NOT my goal with this work-out/healthy eating plan : )
But don't worry gals, I'll still be allowing the occasional treat on the weekends. After all, I'm a girl from Arkansas who has grown up around amazing food and amazing cooks. Besides, I'm convinced life just isn't complete without banana pudding on Sundays....
Wanna join me? Sign up here and keep me posted on your progress. I'll be giving frequent updates on my progress and let you know if I have any luck with the plan.
Here's to health and happiness!
"When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."
When we pray to God, let's make sure we're asking for things for the right reasons. It's hard to see the blessings in tough situations sometimes. We can't understand why things turn out the way they do and occasionally we blame God if things don't go the way we had hoped. It's important for us to remember that God has a plan for all of us and he always has our best interests in mind. Always trust that God will provide exactly what you need at exactly the right time; what we get may not always be what we asked for, but will always be what we were meant to have!
He has been an active internet user for a couple years now and I have always enjoyed e-mailing back and forth with him. Today I was thrilled to receive a Facebook "Friend Request" from none other than Gerald Lacy, my very own Papaw!
Now I have heard people my own age express their concerns over not being able to learn to use Facebook and how they think technology is progressing too quickly. Some people complain that everyone is turning to e-mail and social media as their primary means of communication rather then calling or sending real letters anymore (remember those handwritten things we all used to send that required postage stamps?!)
And though I agree wholeheartedly that nothing can ever replace a handwritten "Thank You" note or Birthday Card (I am a Southern girl, after all), I am a firm believer in changing with the times and using technology to our advantage. And so is Papaw.
He inspires me daily with his eagerness to learn new things and his willingness to use the internet and social media. He is completely unintimidated by new technology and I truly believe that this is what has kept him so sharp. I have no doubt that Papaw will be the most popular guy on Facebook in no time!
Let us not be afraid to try new things and enjoy the tools of modern times. I am only 24 and admit that even I am intimidated sometimes, but I feel it's essential to understand how the internet works these days. Hence my reason for starting this blog.
So here's to you Papaw, for showing us all how it's done!
"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
I love this verse of the Bible because it truly sums up just how much God cares for us. Every day, no matter what trials or tribulations we face, God is with us. His love is never ending and his compassion never stops.
Take a moment out of your busy day to thank God for the ways in which he has blessed you!
I'm actively involved in Facebook and enjoy reading the blogs of other young women, especially those of Kelly Stamps http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/ and Tiffany Selvey http://songbirdtiff.blogspot.com/, also fellow NWA-ers.
I hope you will all follow me on my blogging journey as it will no doubt be an interesting one! Feel free to share your own stories and blogging experiences with me, too!